What are the benefits of putting underfloor heating into a property?

Underfloor heating is becoming more and more popular in the UK. It is now seen not only as a luxury, but in fact as a sound investment, and is considered and used as an alternative to radiators and more standard central heating systems in some new build houses.

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Though it may seem a new and modern invention, underfloor heating is in fact the oldest form of central heating; having been created and used to heat buildings and baths by the Romans. It works nowadays as a system that either pumps warm water through piping under the floor (a “wet” system) or by electric coils that are placed under the floor (a “dry” system). Using the basic principle that heat rises, the warmth from under the floor is then radiated into the room.

There are a number of benefits that one can achieve through putting underfloor heating into a property or other building, be it an already existing structure or a new build. We are going to take a look at some of those advantages here.

It is very energy efficient

Underfloor heating systems use water that is at a much lower temperature than that which is found in a radiator, meaning it can be fuelled by alternative, more eco-friendly energy sources such as solar or geothermal. Whereas radiators usually require the water to be between 70 and 80 degrees Celsius, the water underneath the floor in a “wet” system needs to be only between 40 and 60 degrees Celsius. Some modern boilers also have the capability of supplying the water at the lower temperature required directly into the heating system.

It can be put into buildings with any heating system

Even in buildings that may not have the boilers with capabilities to regulate the water temperature directly, it is still possible to ad a water-mixing control unit. This reduces the water temperature before it enters the underfloor heating system. This means that it is a system that can not only be implemented in new build houses, but in pre-existing properties as well, and it doesn’t have to mean the entire heating system being changed or removed to do so.

It can work underneath various types of floor

Different types of underfloor heating have been created to ensure that it can fit with every single type of floor construction – screeds, fully floating timber floors, battened and joisted floors, for example. It can also be implemented to be accessible to floor constructions that have to incorporate acoustic components by law, to ensure that they comply with Part E of the Building Regulations.

There is no maintenance work required

With there being no moving parts to an underfloor heating system, there is not a great deal that can go wrong with it, particularly if a reputable underfloor heating company is used to complete the installation. If this company do the installation job correctly, they will pressure test the pipes to identify and potential leaks which can then be dealt with early, meaning no regular maintenance costs or trouble for the customers to have to worry about.

It is a safe method of helping to heat a house

As mentioned above, underfloor heating works at lower temperatures than a normal boiler and radiator system would do. This not only has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly and energy efficient; it also removes the risk of small children or other vulnerable groups sustaining injury through burning.

These are just some of the advantages of underfloor heating systems; when installed by a reputable and trustworthy underfloor heating company, they can prove to be an extremely wise investment.

Author bio – Mark O’Brien is a freelance content writer whose area of expertise is home improvements. He recently wrote an article on the underfloor heating systems.

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